General Dental Hygiene Care
Helder Cosmetic & Family Dentistry is committed to optimum oral health, recommending regular check ups and cleaning for patients of all ages. Our general oral hygiene care includes:
Regular dental cleanings are an integral part of general hygiene care and includes the removal of plaque and tartar, which when left untreated can result in bacteria growth. The scaling and polishing leaves teeth clean and smooth, making it less likely for germs to form.
As part of healthy gum care, patients may require deep cleaning to proactively prevent or treat periodontal (gum) disease. Such root planing removes bacteria from the gum pocket and smooths the root surface to eliminate infection accumulation and stop the disease process.
Note: Medical studies show that periodontal (gum) disease may be linked to an increased risk of stroke and heart disease, pneumonia, bone loss, uncontrolled diabetes and preterm or low birth weight babies.
During a patient's routine dental examination, Dr. Helder and his team may find decay or minor tooth fractures that require restorative dentistry treatment. Such findings may be diagnosed during the chair-side exam, in digital x-rays or a combination of both. Depending on the condition of the cavity, its location and the patient's medical history, the recommended option may be a dental filling to even out tooth surfaces or a sealant, a thin plastic coating to protect teeth from further decay.
Oral Hygiene Instruction
Since dental care must be maintained between routine visits, Helder Cosmetic & Family Dentistry provides instruction to include proper techniques for tooth brushing, flossing and oral irrigation. The goal is to have patients establish a daily regimen for dental care for each member of the household to prevent future oral disease and other health related issues.